I made this Candy Castle Cake for when my 2 youngest boys turned 2 and 4. I bought candy land plates and balloons to go with the cake.
The bottom layer is a 12 inch petal cake pan and the top was made with a big cupcake pan. The ice cream cones are made out of fondant and were made a few days in advance. The "ice cream" on the cones is royal icing. I frosted the cake with buttercream frosting that I made. I then decorated the cake with a variety of store bought candy, gum drops, peppermints, and mini M&M's. I used royal icing to attach the candy to the cake. I used a castle kit that I purchased for the doors and windows. I then placed the ice cream towers around the cake using royal icing on the bottom of them.
I suggest making as much in advance as you can. I made all the cakes a week in advance and froze them. I made the frostings a day ahead of time. I made the fondant ice cream cones 4 days ahead of time. I then assembled the cake and decorated the day before the party. It was a huge hit with the parents and kids!
My daughter wanted a "Royal Ball" for her 4th birthday. Since we were having both knights (boys) and princesses (girls), I wanted to make a Homemade Castle Cake that was not too girly. We used some of the cakes on this website for inspiration and came up with a more gender-neutral cake.
The bottom layer is 2 9-inch funfetti cakes. The top layer is 2 8-inch chocolate cakes. Both cakes were frosted with white icing. Each tower is 2 safety cones dipped in melted white chocolate chips with sugar cones on top also dipped in white chocolate.
Candy toppings can be anything you want or have on hand. We used M&M's around the towers (using icing as "glue"). We then used mini marshmallows around the safety cones. The flags on top are fruit by the foot strips cut into flag shapes and wrapped around toothpicks. All windows and doors on the cake are also fruit by the foot.
The candy decorations around the bottom layer are gobstoppers, and the candy around the top layer are gumballs. We used the sprinkles from the funfetti icing on the top and topped it off with a fun "4" candle. Our daughter loved it and so did the guests!
This chocolate espresso cake was made for a special young lady who just graduated. She loved her first visit to Scotland so we decided a castle cake was in order.
The castle was made by shaping stryofoam pieces underneath. The were then covered with multicolored fondant (black, brown and white) in give it a stone look. The fondant was rolled on an imprint matt to achieve the stone look. I cut out the pieces and 'glued' then on using royal icing.
The turrets and made from icecream cones wrapped in fondant and the stone walls were free hand cut and attached in the same fashion. I added flowers and vines to the sides of the castle and created shrubs and trees to decorate the grounds. The next two layers were chocolate cake with espresso marscapone frosting inside. I assembled the cake and used dowling and cake separators for support. Stairs were added which were made from rice Krispies and fondant. The water surrounding the castle was colored marscapone frosting and shaved white chocolate was added around the base for decoration. It weighed almost 45Ibs when completed!